Journalist Gwen Ifill honored in DC memorial service

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A portrait of Ifill displayed at her memorial service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gwen Ifill, a respected and award-winning journalist who hosted the PBS NewsHour, was honored today at her DC church after she passed away last week from cancer. She was 61.

Ifill’s service was held at the Metropolitan AME Church in DC, where she had been a member for a many years. Thousands attended the service, including first lady Michelle Obama, and former attorney general Eric Holder in President Obama’s stead.

Metropolitan AME's service for Gwen Ifill

Metropolitan AME’s service for Gwen Ifill

Ifill had a long career in print before moving to television, and has said she often faced discrimination as an African American woman in journalism. But she continued to persevere, becoming highly respected in her field and covering public affairs for many years. She was also a political analyst who moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice-presidential debates.

She was deeply religious her whole life, and very involved with her church. According to her brother Bert Ifill, her last words were, “I have no doubts.”

The program for Ifill's memorial service

The program for Ifill’s memorial service